Monday, May 21, 2018

Book Blitz with Excerpt: Forged in Ember by Trish McCallan @TrishMcCallan @XpressoTours


Forged in Ember by Trish McCallan
Series: Red-Hot SEALs #4
Publication date: May 15th, 2018

Synopsis (according to Goodreads):
In the final novel in the scorching Red-Hot SEALs series, a desperate mother and a Navy SEAL fight fire with fire to protect their love and save the world...

Amy Chastain has made a lot of enemies--none so ruthless as the insanely powerful New Ruling Order (NRO). When they killed her husband, it was hell. Then they targeted her children by injecting them with a dangerous, experimental isotope. Now Amy trusts only one man to help her: the ex-commander of SEAL Team 7.

In the company of Navy SEALs, Jace "Mac" Mackenzie was in his physical element. Now he's on the run from the same cabal that poisoned Amy's children. That doesn't stop him from launching a mission to bring down the NRO--and find an antidote. But the clock is ticking. And as the sparks fly between him and Amy, Mac realizes he has more to lose than ever before. 

As Mac closes in on the NRO, he uncovers a plot that threatens more than Amy's children. Now it's a race against time to stop a global conspiracy, save the woman he loves, and protect the family that's starting to feel like his.


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Excerpt
"You can talk to him after you've eaten, Benji. Now skedaddle." She waited for Brendan to herd his brother across the cafeteria floor before turning a suddenly grave face in Mac's direction. "The boys' doctor asked to see Amy in private, and I suspect the news is less than good. Nobody should have to face something like that alone, but she needed help with the boys, so I couldn't stay."

Ah hell... Stiffening, Mac took a step back. "Beth or Kait--"

"Aren't here. You are. The meeting with the doctor will be over by the time I find them. Amy needs someone now."

Mac took another step back. "I'm sure Mrs. Chastain would prefer to have a woman with her."

"The only woman available is me, and I promised her I'd take care of her children. Trust me, she'd be much more comfortable with me watching over her boys than holding her hand. Which means you're currently the only person available to step up." She leaned toward him, a militant look sheening her gaze.

Fuck.

"She's at the clinic, Commander. Alone. She needs you." The resolve shifted to entreaty in her eyes and voice.

Double fuck.

He spread his feet and tensed his muscles, powering up for an uncompromising refusal. No way in hell was he taking on Amy Chastain's troubles.

"Fine." The surrender grated as it rumbled up his throat and out his mouth.

Where the hell had that come from?

Mac scowled, regrouping. Time to nip this in the bud and retreat to safety. "Look, I'll check in on her. That's all I'm promising."

He groaned beneath his breath. Agreeing to check up on the damn woman wasn't exactly retreating.

Marion's expression softened in relief. "I'm sure she'll appreciate this, Commander."

Grunting an acknowledgement, Mac brushed past Marion before she talked him into doing anything else. Of course, just because he'd agreed to check on Amy didn't mean he had to do so. It would be easy enough to skirt that duty by heading in the opposite direction. Except his feet developed a mind of their own and carried him two streets to the right and through the clinic's sliding glass doors.


About the Author:
Trish McCallan was born in Eugene, Oregon, and grew up in Washington State, where she began crafting stories at an early age. Her first books were illustrated in crayon, bound with red yarn, and sold for a nickel at her lemonade stand. Trish grew up to earn a bachelor's degree in English literature with a concentration in creative writing from Western Washington University, taking jobs as a bookkeeper and human-resource specialist before finally quitting her day job to write full time.

Forging in Fire, the first book in her Red Hot SEALs series, came about after a marathon reading session, and a bottle of Nyquil that sparked a vivid dream. She lives today in eastern Washington. An avid animal lover, she currently shares her home with four golden retrievers, a black lab mix and two cats.

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Book Blitz with Excerpt + Giveaway: Malevolent Sadness by Julian Coleman @JulianMColeman1 @XpressoTours


Malevolent Sadness by Julian Coleman
Series: The Prophet's Mother #2
Publication date: June 24th, 2017

Synopsis (according to Goodreads):
***Contains Graphic Violence/Adult Content***

A new paranormal suspense thriller from the WINNER of The Independent Author Network 2016 OUTSTANDING BOOK of the YEAR. Can a detective save a Prophet from a monster? Harry is an Army veteran who survived a childhood tragedy and tough years in foster care. Today, he's a pragmatic and no-nonsense Homicide detective investigating the Victor Adamson kidnapping. As he digs for leads, Harry realizes he's in the middle of a dark conspiracy, and his life is in jeopardy. His only option is to save Victor. But to do that, he must embrace the supernatural. He has to believe monsters are real. If he doesn't, then both he and Victor may die.


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Excerpt
She cracked open the bathroom door and prayed the hinges wouldn't squeak.

She couldn't help it. She envisioned an inbred freak sporting a mask made from human skin and wielding a bloody ax. He was waiting for her just outside the door. Her palpitating heart dried the saliva in her mouth and nearly emptied out her lungs. Terror made her muscles so rigid they ached.

A new terror nibbled as she caught her reflection in the bathroom mirror. Horror crept down her spine and twisted her guts into knots.

She wasn't smiling, so why was her reflection? And the eyes were wrong. The pupils looked like they were on fire.


About the Author:
I'm a Paranormal/Supernatural Award Winning author who grew up in Richmond, Virginia. As a child I suffered from night terrors. I'm sure you've heard of sleep paralysis which leaves you with the inability to move or speak. There are those of us who not only suffer the paralysis, but we see and hear horrible creatures. Most of the time, I had the good sense to keep my eyes closed. Yes, most of the time. Tell me, who wants to have nightmares about demons?

As I grew older, I realized some demons may not be hideous. To this day, I believe true evil is seductive, even beautiful. Unfortunately there are bad things you can't outgrow. You learn to cope. I did that by writing about demons who will sip your soul while giving you a kiss.

As an adult I also discovered that love transcends nightmares. I'm a dog lover and on several fortunate occasions my dogs entered my dream realm and saved me. The author in me couldn't resist, so in addition to writing about seductive demons, I've penned a tale about a mischievous pooch. If you want a chuckle then read about my canine diva. But... you may want to take a darker path with me. You may want to meet my demons. If that's the case, then I want you to be scared with me. Is that wrong? I don't just want to scare you, though. I want you to care about my characters. Because if you care about them, then you will be afraid for them too. Who knows, you could have nightmares about beautiful demons, too.



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Blog Tour with Excerpt: Succubus Lips by Lina Jubilee @LinaJubilee @RockstarBkTours


Succubus Lips by Lina Jubilee
Publication date: May 2018
Publisher: Lina Jubilee

Synopsis (according to Goodreads):
Her lips have the power to boost. Her love can grant power unparalleled. In an ongoing conflict against ravishingly beautiful beings from another dimension. Aurora Haddix's abilities allow her to turn the tide of the battle.

Born a Natch, one of the population naturally endowed with superhuman powers at birth, Aurora tries to make the right choice. Her handsome, overprotective best friend and her tortured, grizzled mentor want her to use her powers for good. Kiss a Natch and they become more powerful for a few minutes. Allow one inside her and their powers are intensified for a full day. She wants to help, but she can't get their roguish, virile former comrade out of her mind--and he wants her to join his underground band of Renegades. Then there's the dark elf king, the leader of the otherworldly Nelians determined to infiltrate Earth--Aurora's number one target and the most devastatingly gorgeous man she's ever seen.

Aurora's body makes her the most sought-after Natch in a war that might end on her say-so. Only with the way her inner passion ignites at each touch, she's not so sure of her true reasons for pursuing the four alluring men who seek to possess her.


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Excerpt
Chapter 1

"Come on. Please." Nash put his hands together as if worshipping at an alter erected in my honor.

"No," I said, swiping my fingers across my tablet to watch another video of an adorable ninja cat stalking its prey. In the background, I still had the Nelian tracking app running. I was keeping tabs on it. So far this evening, two false alarms--one Typical confusing a Natch for an otherworldly elven invader, the other a couple of kids messing around with smoke bombs in an alley. Like smoke had anything to do with a Nelian attack. "Aurora, angel," Nash said, drumming his fingers atop the back of a chair. "You're killing me."

Roulette snorted from where she sat in front of the triple sixty-inch monitors covering one wall of the room. She was ostensibly monitoring Renegade activity on top of current news reports, but I saw the DM tab in the corner where she kept sending cute and racy messages to her boyfriend, Darien, who was out on assignment along with Wade and Chastity.

"I doubt that," I said, swiping the screen again. "Sweet cheeks."

Nash cleared his throat, which drew my attention to the flush spreading across his neck. What? It was an accurate nickname. More accurate than the one he used for me. He ran his fingertips through his close-cropped blond hair and growled. Damn, he had a sexy growl. "If we need to go out there, we won't necessarily have time to have sex first--"

"La la la," said Roulette, covering both ears with her hands. "I'm not hearing my best friends talk about bumping uglies." Like she was being much more discrete in her little chat that kept popping up on one of those huge screens, the vixen.

Nash crossed his arms and walked over to Roulette, nudging her shoulder with his elbow. The grin on his face could have melted glaciers. I shook my head to clear it of all dirty thoughts and put the tablet on the table, closing out the browser.


About the Author:
Lina Jubilee loves reading, writing, drinking tea, and rooting for her favorite fictional romances. When not lost in a book, she cooks dinner at lunchtime, plans errands in fewer trips, and does everything she can to get back to romping through fictional worlds ASAP.






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Sunday, May 20, 2018

Blog Tour with Excerpt + Giveaway: The Harper Effect by Taryn Bashford @TarynBashford @RockstarBkTours


The Harper Effect by Taryn Bashford
Publication date: May 15th, 2018
Publisher: Sky Pony Press

Synopsis (according to Goodreads):
Sixteen-year-old Harper was once a rising star on the tennis court--until her coach dropped her for being "mentally weak." Without tennis, who is she? Her confidence at an all-time low, she secretly turns to her childhood friend, next-door neighbor Jacob--who also happens to be her sister's very recent ex-boyfriend. If her sister finds out, it will mean a family war.

But when Harper is taken on by a new coach who wants her to train with Colt, a cold, defensive, brooding young tennis phenom, she hits the court all the harder, if only to prove Colt wrong. But as the two learn to become a team, Harper gets glimpses of the vulnerable boy beneath the surface, the boy who was deeply scarred by his family's dark and scandalous past. The boy she could easily find herself falling for.

 As she walks a fine line between Colt's secrets, her forbidden love, and a game that demands nothing but the best, Harper must decide between her past and her future and between two boys who send her head spinning. Is the cost of winning the game worth losing everything?

A sizzling tennis romance perfect for the summer months, The Harper Effect, will be a grand slam for fans of Kasie West, Miranda Kinneally and Simon Ekeles.


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Excerpt
"Let's play a game you're going to get extremely good at. It's called mirroring. Colt, get down here, next to Harper."

The bleachers rattled as cold moves beside me. His shoulders hunch, elbows on knees, attention on Milo. "It works like this. You become the other person's need and your hands fulfill the need."

"Sorry, explain again. I don't understand," I say, sensing this is going to be embarrassing.

"No problem." Milo pulls at my shoelace. "Colt. you see Harper's shoelace is untied. You are Harper's hands. Do up her laces."

Laughter bursts out of me. "No way. Wait. Yes way. Colt, go ahead. I can live with that." Colt scratches the back of his neck then bends to tie the lace.

"Harper, Colt's neck is itchy. You're his hands. Scratch his neck." My laughter breaks off. Milo isn't kidding.

I lean forward to reach around Colt's square shoulders.

His neck is sweaty. I scrunch my nose and rub my fingers on my skirt.

"Colt, Harper's ponytail has come loose. No way can she play tennis. Fix it for her."

Colt gets up, kicks at his bag. "Am I going to take a leak for her as well?"

"Quite possibly," says Milo, stern. "But not now. The problem right now is her hair needs fixing. Up, Harper."

I comply, amazed that Colt is taking orders from Milo. Colt moves behind me.There's no gentleness as he abruptly scrapes my hair back into a ponytail and secures it with the elastic. I wince.

"Sorry if I pulled," he says, stepping back.

"Harper. You're Colt's eyes. What does he need? Look at him."

Colt's squinting into the sun, impatient. "The sun's blinding him."

"Get his hat." Milo points to Colt's bag. I unzip it and find the tennis cap--next to a motorbike helmet. Mum and Dad won't like that--they've warned me to stay clear of motorbikes. I pass the cap to Colt.

"Stop," says Milo. "You're his hands. Put it on." I step closer, perch it wonkily on Colt's head.

Colt straightens the hat. "When do we play tennis?"



About the Author:
Taryn lives the typical writer's life alongside supportive husband, teen children, and characters from her latest book insisting they help make dinner. This can be disconcerting as Jacob is always sticking his fingers in the cheese sauce and Harper can't cook.

Taryn's been an English Literature Honours student, an advertising sales rep and a CEO of an internet company, but writing is her first love. The Harper Effect is her debut novel.


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